Monday, 21 March 2011

Sark Island : Smallest Channel Island Photos Collection

Sark is the smallest of the four main Channel Islands. It lies in the English Channel, about 128km from England and about 32 km from the coast of Normandy. There are no cars on the island, and transport other than on foot consists of horse-drawn carriages, tractors and bicycles. The island is formed of steep, rocky cliffs, averaging about 90 m above sea level, rising to a center plateau. At its highest point a windmill can be found, dated 1571. In order to reach this plateau, passengers disembarking in the miniscule harbour must travel upwards through a rock-hewn tunnel made in 1866.

Greater Sark is connected to Little Sark by a narrow, paved isthmus known as La Coupee. Just 2.7 m wide, it has dizzying 90 m drops to either side. Although privately owned, its gardens, some of the finest in the Channel Islands, are open to the public.

This is delightful island, with gorgeous sandy beaches and coves around the coast, ensuring shelter from winds of any direction. There are woods filled with springtime bluebells, and over 600 different plants and wildflowers grow there. Seabirds nest on the cliffs, and birds of prey, songbirds and migrants enjoy its unspoiled landscape.

Horse-Drawn Carriages, Tractors and Bicycles



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